Geographical Society of Philadelphia

Our Explorers and the Bulletin Newsletter

Exploration Through Cultural Exchange – PEOPLE/PLACES/PERSPECTIVES

The mission of the Geographical Society of Philadelphia is to promote the discovery and appreciation of the many wonders of our world. The Society supports world exploration by presenting enlightening programs on travel, geography, science, history, exploration, and world cultures to its members and the public in the Philadelphia area.

As part of GEO’s renewed spirit and our commitment to you, we turn from exploration to navigation of the People, Places, and Perspectives that shape our lives. On behalf of the Board of Director and our Board President Dr. Jill Weber, we invite you to come along with us on our journey to better understand this New World!

 

COMING UP in 2022

Our travelogue Marco Polo is back on February 3, 2022 featuring Colombia, Panama, Paris – Reflections on Psychology of Happiness and Travel.

Presenters: Margaret Lonzetta (past president of GEO Society and past vice president of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia), Consul General of Panama Georgia Athanasopoulos, Susan Stuber, Ph.D., and Jim Stuber, J.D.  

On March 30, 2022, we will host a panel discussion at the Gloria Dei Church Historic Site, “From the Ancient Silk Road to the Belt and Road Initiative”, an exploration of international trade, and its effects on culture and identity. 

 

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2021 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Chief Astronomer of Franklin Institute, Dr. Derek Pitts

Some of Our Speakers

Kae Lani Palmisano is an Emmy Award-Winning television host, food and travel writer, recipe developer, and home cook who loves to explore the journey that food takes to get to the plate. As an “edutainer” her work focuses on having fun with food while educating audiences about where it comes from[…]

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People/Places/Perspectives

#Diwali is one of the major religious #festivals in Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism, lasting for five days from the 13th day of the dark half of the lunar month #Ashvina to the second day of the light half of the lunar month #Karttika. (The corresponding dates in the Gregorian calendar usually fall in late October and November.) The name is derived from the #Sanskrit term dipavali, meaning “row of #lights.” The festival generally symbolizes the victory of light over darkness. Regardless of the events or religion surrounding it, Diwali brings with it happy tidings and a promise of a better tomorrow. People zealously light lamps in their houses and throw grand feasts to celebrate happiness, good times, and good fortune. Purity, cleanliness, and brightness are all synonymous with Diwali. The new harvest and new financial year in the business community also begins on this occasion. #geosocietyphila #celebrate #cultures #diwali #diwali2021

#Diwali is one of the major religious #festivals in Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism, lasting for five days from the 13th day of the dark half of the lunar month #Ashvina to the second day of the light half of the lunar month #Karttika. (The corresponding dates in the Gregorian calendar usually fall in late October and November.) The name is derived from the #Sanskrit term dipavali, meaning “row of #lights.” The festival generally symbolizes the victory of light over darkness. Regardless of the events or religion surrounding it, Diwali brings with it happy tidings and a promise of a better tomorrow. People zealously light lamps in their houses and throw grand feasts to celebrate happiness, good times, and good fortune. Purity, cleanliness, and brightness are all synonymous with Diwali. The new harvest and new financial year in the business community also begins on this occasion. #geosocietyphila #celebrate #cultures #diwali #diwali2021

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Happy Prime Meridian Day!! If you’ve ever been to the Royal Observatory in #Greenwich, #London, it might come as a shock to learn that the Prime Meridian line located there is in the wrong place. In fact, it’s out by about 100 metres.Since the late 19th century, the Greenwich Meridian has been the line at which most maps mark 0° longitude, the starting point for measuring geographical coordinates in an east-west direction. But we now know that the line, a physical representation of which is visited by thousands of tourists every year, should more precisely be 0.001472° (or 102.5 m) further east.  On this date in 1884, representatives of 25 nations around the world met in Washington, D.C., to set up a standard #latitude #longitude system (and also standard time zones). Probably because Great Britain was an important colonial power, but also because the United States of America already used it, the British system of longitude, with the Prime Meridian running through Greenwich in Great Britain, was finally chosen. One nation (Haiti) voted against this, and two nations (Brazil and France) refused to vote on the issue, but 22 “yea” votes carried the day, and the world finally had one standard Prime Meridian. #themoreyouknow #gps #knowyourEarth #meridian #perspectives #places #geosocietyphila

Happy Prime Meridian Day!! If you’ve ever been to the Royal Observatory in #Greenwich, #London, it might come as a shock to learn that the Prime Meridian line located there is in the wrong place. In fact, it’s out by about 100 metres.
Since the late 19th century, the Greenwich Meridian has been the line at which most maps mark 0° longitude, the starting point for measuring geographical coordinates in an east-west direction. But we now know that the line, a physical representation of which is visited by thousands of tourists every year, should more precisely be 0.001472° (or 102.5 m) further east. On this date in 1884, representatives of 25 nations around the world met in Washington, D.C., to set up a standard #latitude #longitude system (and also standard time zones). Probably because Great Britain was an important colonial power, but also because the United States of America already used it, the British system of longitude, with the Prime Meridian running through Greenwich in Great Britain, was finally chosen. One nation (Haiti) voted against this, and two nations (Brazil and France) refused to vote on the issue, but 22 “yea” votes carried the day, and the world finally had one standard Prime Meridian. #themoreyouknow #gps #knowyourEarth #meridian #perspectives #places #geosocietyphila

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Juliette Gordon Low's birthday or Founder's Day, October 31, marks the birth in 1860 of Girl Scouts of the USA founder Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah, Georgia. Girl Scouting in the USA started on March 12, 1912, when #juliettegordonlow established the first Girl Scout troop meeting. At the first troop meeting in Savannah, Georgia, there were only 18 girls available. Juliette Gordon Low arranged #enrichment and #personalitydevelopment programs, social service projects, and #outdooractivities, treks, projects, and #adventures for these girls. Since the time of the initial meeting, #GirlScouts has grown to over 3.7 million members. #girlpower #girlscoutfoundersday #girlscoutcookies #supportgirlscouts #solidarity

Juliette Gordon Low's birthday or Founder's Day, October 31, marks the birth in 1860 of Girl Scouts of the USA founder Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah, Georgia. Girl Scouting in the USA started on March 12, 1912, when #juliettegordonlow established the first Girl Scout troop meeting. At the first troop meeting in Savannah, Georgia, there were only 18 girls available. Juliette Gordon Low arranged #enrichment and #personalitydevelopment programs, social service projects, and #outdooractivities, treks, projects, and #adventures for these girls. Since the time of the initial meeting, #GirlScouts has grown to over 3.7 million members. #girlpower #girlscoutfoundersday #girlscoutcookies #supportgirlscouts #solidarity

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Last night, the Geographical Society friends and members were in for a treat 🎤 @kaelanisays The best thing about these events is the opportunity to get to know some amazing people. Not only did you educate us about many aspects of #culinary #exploration, also reminded everyone to look beyond visible and read between the lines.  Great company, great venue, and great #cookies thanks to @kolemaricatering Thank you @rowanuniversity Geography Planning and Sustainability Department for your support. @playsandplayers #food #identity #perspectives #geography #visitphilly #events #phillyevents #crossingborders #noboundaries #foodjournal
Last night, the Geographical Society friends and members were in for a treat 🎤 @kaelanisays The best thing about these events is the opportunity to get to know some amazing people. Not only did you educate us about many aspects of #culinary #exploration, also reminded everyone to look beyond visible and read between the lines.  Great company, great venue, and great #cookies thanks to @kolemaricatering Thank you @rowanuniversity Geography Planning and Sustainability Department for your support. @playsandplayers #food #identity #perspectives #geography #visitphilly #events #phillyevents #crossingborders #noboundaries #foodjournal
Last night, the Geographical Society friends and members were in for a treat 🎤 @kaelanisays The best thing about these events is the opportunity to get to know some amazing people. Not only did you educate us about many aspects of #culinary #exploration, also reminded everyone to look beyond visible and read between the lines.  Great company, great venue, and great #cookies thanks to @kolemaricatering Thank you @rowanuniversity Geography Planning and Sustainability Department for your support. @playsandplayers #food #identity #perspectives #geography #visitphilly #events #phillyevents #crossingborders #noboundaries #foodjournal
Last night, the Geographical Society friends and members were in for a treat 🎤 @kaelanisays The best thing about these events is the opportunity to get to know some amazing people. Not only did you educate us about many aspects of #culinary #exploration, also reminded everyone to look beyond visible and read between the lines.  Great company, great venue, and great #cookies thanks to @kolemaricatering Thank you @rowanuniversity Geography Planning and Sustainability Department for your support. @playsandplayers #food #identity #perspectives #geography #visitphilly #events #phillyevents #crossingborders #noboundaries #foodjournal
Last night, the Geographical Society friends and members were in for a treat 🎤 @kaelanisays The best thing about these events is the opportunity to get to know some amazing people. Not only did you educate us about many aspects of #culinary #exploration, also reminded everyone to look beyond visible and read between the lines.  Great company, great venue, and great #cookies thanks to @kolemaricatering Thank you @rowanuniversity Geography Planning and Sustainability Department for your support. @playsandplayers #food #identity #perspectives #geography #visitphilly #events #phillyevents #crossingborders #noboundaries #foodjournal
Last night, the Geographical Society friends and members were in for a treat 🎤 @kaelanisays The best thing about these events is the opportunity to get to know some amazing people. Not only did you educate us about many aspects of #culinary #exploration, also reminded everyone to look beyond visible and read between the lines.  Great company, great venue, and great #cookies thanks to @kolemaricatering Thank you @rowanuniversity Geography Planning and Sustainability Department for your support. @playsandplayers #food #identity #perspectives #geography #visitphilly #events #phillyevents #crossingborders #noboundaries #foodjournal
Last night, the Geographical Society friends and members were in for a treat 🎤 @kaelanisays The best thing about these events is the opportunity to get to know some amazing people. Not only did you educate us about many aspects of #culinary #exploration, also reminded everyone to look beyond visible and read between the lines.  Great company, great venue, and great #cookies thanks to @kolemaricatering Thank you @rowanuniversity Geography Planning and Sustainability Department for your support. @playsandplayers #food #identity #perspectives #geography #visitphilly #events #phillyevents #crossingborders #noboundaries #foodjournal
Last night, the Geographical Society friends and members were in for a treat 🎤 @kaelanisays The best thing about these events is the opportunity to get to know some amazing people. Not only did you educate us about many aspects of #culinary #exploration, also reminded everyone to look beyond visible and read between the lines.  Great company, great venue, and great #cookies thanks to @kolemaricatering Thank you @rowanuniversity Geography Planning and Sustainability Department for your support. @playsandplayers #food #identity #perspectives #geography #visitphilly #events #phillyevents #crossingborders #noboundaries #foodjournal
Last night, the Geographical Society friends and members were in for a treat 🎤 @kaelanisays The best thing about these events is the opportunity to get to know some amazing people. Not only did you educate us about many aspects of #culinary #exploration, also reminded everyone to look beyond visible and read between the lines.  Great company, great venue, and great #cookies thanks to @kolemaricatering Thank you @rowanuniversity Geography Planning and Sustainability Department for your support. @playsandplayers #food #identity #perspectives #geography #visitphilly #events #phillyevents #crossingborders #noboundaries #foodjournal

Last night, the Geographical Society friends and members were in for a treat 🎤 @kaelanisays The best thing about these events is the opportunity to get to know some amazing people. Not only did you educate us about many aspects of #culinary #exploration, also reminded everyone to look beyond visible and read between the lines. Great company, great venue, and great #cookies thanks to @kolemaricatering Thank you @rowanuniversity Geography Planning and Sustainability Department for your support. @playsandplayers #food #identity #perspectives #geography #visitphilly #events #phillyevents #crossingborders #noboundaries #foodjournal

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Happy birthday #philadelphia! Posted @withregram • @cityofphiladelphia On this day 339 years ago, William Penn founded this city in the English Crown Province of Pennsylvania between the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers.Today we celebrate Philly's birthday!🥳 #philly #geosocietyphila

Happy birthday #philadelphia! Posted @withregram • @cityofphiladelphia On this day 339 years ago, William Penn founded this city in the English Crown Province of Pennsylvania between the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers.

Today we celebrate Philly's birthday!🥳 #philly #geosocietyphila

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As the Geo Society has been supporting world exploration by presenting enlightening programs on travel, geography, science, history, and world cultures for 130 years, today, October 24 marks the United Nations Day, the anniversary of the UN Charter of 1945. So take a moment today to reflect on the impact the #unitednations has had around the globe. #geosocietyphila #perspectives #jointheboard Posted @withregram • @walkwithamal Walk with Amal through Brussels, Antwerp and Bouillon 🇧🇪#LittleAmal is walking 8,000km in solidarity with thousands young people who have fled war and persecution. They need support to get an education and rebuild their lives. Every donation to The Amal Fund, launched with @chooselove and @goodchancetheatre go to grassroots organisations that help young people reach education and essential support. @goodchancetheatre @handspringpuppetco123 #littleamal #walkwithamal #thewalk #belgium

As the Geo Society has been supporting world exploration by presenting enlightening programs on travel, geography, science, history, and world cultures for 130 years, today, October 24 marks the United Nations Day, the anniversary of the UN Charter of 1945. So take a moment today to reflect on the impact the #unitednations has had around the globe. #geosocietyphila #perspectives #jointheboard

Posted @withregram • @walkwithamal Walk with Amal through Brussels, Antwerp and Bouillon 🇧🇪

#LittleAmal is walking 8,000km in solidarity with thousands young people who have fled war and persecution. They need support to get an education and rebuild their lives. Every donation to The Amal Fund, launched with @chooselove and @goodchancetheatre go to grassroots organisations that help young people reach education and essential support.
@goodchancetheatre @handspringpuppetco123 #littleamal #walkwithamal #thewalk #belgium

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